Claudio Radaelli

Claudio M. Radaelli is the Chair of the Osservatorio AIR Scientific Committee. He is Professor of Public Policy at the School of Public Policy, Department of Political Science, University College London. Claudio also teaches Regulatory Reform at the College of Europe and methods for the study of Europeanization at the European Integration Summer School at the University of Agder, in Kristiansand.

During the last two years he taught policy learning at summer and winter schools organised by the International Public Policy Association in France (2018 and 2019) and Italy (Padua, 2019). He is on the Steering Committee of the Standing Group on Regulation & Governance of the European Consortium for Political Research. He is a member of the College of the International Public Policy Association and member of the Board of the International Association of Legislation (IAL). He serves on committees and review bodies of social science foundations, journals and political science associations. Claudio is  editor-in-chief of the International Review of Public Policy, the new flagship journal of the International Public Policy Association, after having co-edited the European Journal of Political Research for six years.

Prior to joining UCL, Claudio was Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for European Governance at the University of Exeter (2004-2018) and Professor of Public Policy at the University of Bradford, where he started his academic career. In 2014 he was full-time IdEx chair at the Centre Emile Durkheim at the University of Bordeaux, and before that part-time Professor at the University of Agder (Kristiansand) and Sciences-Po Paris. For four years Claudio was honorary Adjunct Professor in Political Science at the University of Copenhagen. Claudio is visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges. He holds a BA in Economics and Social Sciences (Bocconi University) and a PhD in Political Science (Florence). Before starting his academic career, Claudio worked for seven years in research institutes, consultancy firms and associations of firms in Milan and Rome.

An expert on the European Union and regulation, Professor Radaelli’s fields of specialization include the theory of policy learning, regulatory reforms, and the European Union’s influence on domestic politics and public policy (Europeanization). On regulation in particular, he contributed to the literature with studies on regulatory impact assessment, regulatory indicators, and the implementation of regulatory reform policy instruments. His two ERC advanced grants deal with regulation. In 2009-2014 Claudio was awarded the ERC advanced grant Analysis of Learning in Regulatory Governance (ALREG). This research programme generated findings on risk-based inspections, learning how to use regulatory impact assessment across time and government departments, the narrative structure of regulatory impact assessments in the European Union, and ex-post regulatory evaluation. ALREG produced some 20 academic articles and expert-papers for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (on the use of regulatory indicators). Conceptually ALREG became an efficient platform to explore with Claire Dunlop the theory of policy learning – with a string of articles published between 2013 and 2018. In 2018 Learning in Public Policy: Analysis, Modes and Outcome was published by Palgrave, co-edited with Claire A Dunlop and Philipp Trein.

The new ERC advanced grant is called Procedural Tools for Effective Governance (PROTEGO), carried out with Professors Claire Dunlop (co-PI) at the University of Exeter and Alessia Damonte at the University of Milan. Dr Jonathan Kamkhaji is the data steward of the whole research programme.  Gaia Taffoni carries on research activities at UCL. Protego studies the interaction among procedural regulatory reform instruments across the EU countries. One important product is a new dataset on the EU-28 covering: consultation; transparency obligations contained in administrative procedure acts; freedom of information; impact assessment of proposed legislation; judicial review; and the Ombudsman. Conceptually, Protego brings the study of regulatory policy instruments to bear on our understanding of how accountability and governance works. In fact, the original data gathered by this programme will be used to examine the causal effects of regulatory policy mixes on trust in government, ease of business and the control of corruption – mostly by drawing on set-theoretic techniques. Protego is also committed to engagement and dissemination – among other events, we organised a Research Session for the Regulatory Scrutiny Board of the European Commission in 2017. Claire Dunlop and Claudio co-operated with the World Bank (Global Governance Practice) in the first edition of the WB’s Global Regulatory Impact Analysis Award


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